ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Harry Potter/X-Men: First Class
Characters/Pairings: Werewolf!Erik, Rat-Animagus!Charles
Media used: indian ink and acrylics on paper (original is ca. 24x32cm)
Rating/warnings: Teen? (for naked werewolf)
Notes/comments: This is the gift I made for [livejournal.com profile] etirabys for the [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant exchange on LJ. The prompt I filled was "Harry Potter AU. Erik is a werewolf and Charles becomes an Animagus to help him out."

Please do not distribute my art without my permission, i.e. do not upload my art to other sites, services, archives, or wikis. That includes uploading the images themselves to your own Tumblr, even with credit. A high resolution version of this art without the URL watermarking is available on request for private, non-commercial uses.

Preview: preview of Werewolf!Erik with Rat-Animagus!Charles
the image and a high resolution detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: a gnome & horklumps
Media used: pencil, fine liner pen with waterproof indian ink, GIMP
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This is the fifth in my magical creatures series, a gnome & horklumps encyclopedia plate this time. The canon description in Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (p. 21) is "The Horklump [...] resembles a fleshy, pinkish mushroom covered in sparse, wiry black bristles. [...] It spreads sinewy tentacles rather than roots into the ground to search for its preferred food of earthworms. The Horklump is a favourite delicacy of Gnomes but otherwise has no discernible use."

Please do not distribute my art without my permission, i.e. do not upload my art to other sites, services, archives, or wikis. That includes uploading the images themselves to your own Tumblr, even with credit. A high resolution version of this art without the URL watermarking is available on request for private, non-commercial uses.

Preview: preview of a gnome & horklumps plate
the image and a high resolution detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: a graphorn
Media used: pencil, fine liner pen with waterproof indian ink, GIMP
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This is the fourth in my magical creatures series, a graphorn encyclopedia plate this time. It looks rather weird because of the odd feet where you'd expect hooves, but the canon description in Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (p. 19) is "The Graphorn is found in mountainous European regions. Large and greyish purple with a humped back, the Graphorn has two very long, sharp horns, walks on large, four-thumbed feet, and has an extremely aggressive nature."

Please do not distribute my art without my permission, i.e. do not upload my art to other sites, services, archives, or wikis. That includes "reblogging" the images themselves on services such as Tumblr. A high resolution version of this art without the URL watermarking is available on request for private, non-commercial uses.

Preview: preview of a graphorn plate
the image and a high resolution detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
Harry Potter

House Colours, by Sarka. Slash, Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy. (ca. 12,800 words)
This is a Slytherin!Harry with Gryffindor!Draco AU, and I really enjoyed it, not least because it had a Ron who was first friends with Draco and then Harry, rather than the Ron-bashing that is so depressingly common in Slytherin!Harry stories.

Stargate: Atlantis

Snakeheads: A Love Story, by Leah. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard/OMC. (ca. 17,600 words)
I never really expected to read a John/Rodney/Goa'uld threesome, but this was written by Leah, so of course I gave it a try, and wasn't disappointed. This one was far more fun than you'd expect with this setup.

The Little Sister, by Martha. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. WIP
I like film noir AUs, and ever since Vegas I like seeing Sheppard as down on his luck detective even more, but what makes this AU great is that the alternate reality is still based on Stargate. The setup is really intriguing, and I like that in it the Goa'uld were smarter in their take over of earth, smart enough that the majority doesn't even think of them as bad guys.

Strange Aeon, by Slybrarian. Slash, Sheppard/Mitchell, Sheppard/Lorne. WIP (ca. 32,000 words so far)
How could anyone resist a mix of Lovecraftian space monsters and with Stargate? The series is still a WIP, and I'm really enjoy how this is subtly different from canon, and the world building and hints of mythology so far have me hooked. And I like Cam in Atlantis.

To the Wide Outposts (ca. 7,490 words) and The Known From the Unknown (ca. 12,000 words), by Vain_glorious. Gen, Ronon Dex, John Sheppard.
I've recced the other two stories in this series (Where the Ways Divide and In the Nights When I Am Lone) already, but in case you missed these two that have been posted since my last recs update, it doesn't hurt to point the 'verse out again. In it Sheppard has been made a runner by the Wraith and is found and taken in by Ronon and his Satedan squad.

Star Trek: Reboot

Open Up My Eager Eyes, by June. Slash and femslash, Kirk/Spock, Uhura/Gaila. (ca. 15,000 words)
This is a fusion with Pump Up the Volume that was written for [livejournal.com profile] reel_startrek. I really enjoyed this, even though I'm not particularly into high school AUs or into making Spock a human/loosing the SF elements in Trek fiction.

Lensflare Lover, by Leftarrow. Het, Pike/Enterprise, Pike/Number One. (ca. 7,300 words)
This has a cool premise in which the spaceships have avatars.

In Truth, by Mint_amaretto. Slash and het, Kirk/McCoy, Spock/Uhura. (ca. 3,570 words)
This is a really creepy, twisted AU, as any mix with the Dollhouse concept (not the series itself, more the basic premise) should be.

The Sky Was Made for Us Tonight, by Waketosleep. Slash, Kirk/Spock. (ca. 5,500 words)
In this AU Vulcans decided to supervise humanity more closely, and Kirk and Spock are delinquent rebels together after meeting in a holding cell and staging a prison break. I enjoyed this scenario a lot.

Supernatural

Untitled SPN Snippet, by Cofax. Gen. (ca. 1,300 words)
I wanted this to be longer and an apocafic epic rather than a snippet, but the world building was still interesting.

Teufelshunde, by July. Gen. WIP
In this AU Sam and Dean grow up with a foster parent after John has been arrested. I really like the OC and the structure with the flashbacks here works for me, even though flashbacks aren't my favorite things.

Rain Falling Down, by Maychorian. Gen, Bobby, Castiel, Jimmy, Dean, John. WIP (the series, individual stories are finished, ca. 20,000 words so far)
In this AU Castiel travels back in time to prevent the apocalyse, but things go wrong and he gets stuck in his host as a kid without his full powers, and lots of angst and h/c ensue.

And Burn the Long-liv'd Phoenix in her Blood, by Tabaqui. Gen. (ca. 6,800 words)
In this AU Mary survives, but they still hunt. I enjoyed the setup and look at their lives.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: a diricawl
Media used: pencil, fine liner pen with waterproof indian ink, black tea, GIMP
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This is the third in my magical creatures series, a diricawl encyclopedia plate this time, showcasing their escape method. The crosshatching in this took me forever. Okay, a couple of hours, but it felt like forever. Also, after I had already drawn that predator cat, it occurred to me that HP canon says they come from Mauritius, so there wouldn't have been any cats. Oops. OTOH maybe some magical cat preyed on them, I mean, why would they have developed the vanishing thing otherwise? Without enemies they would really been like the dodo I think. Anyway: *handwave*

Preview: preview of a diricawl plate
the image and a high resolution detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
I've toyed with the idea of a futurefic recs page a couple of times, but never really managed properly collect enough recs at once to make starting a page worthwhile, while at the same time remembering all futurefic I liked in recent years more systematically seemed daunting. Now I decided to just start with a post in my LJ picking some at random, and maybe create a page later (or not). So because I went through my bookmarks looking for futurefic I remembered liking, some are older stories, others recent.

Harry Potter

Squib, by Kestrelsparhawk. Slash, Harry/Draco. (ca. 52,000 words)
It's been a while since I read this so I'm a bit fuzzy on the details, but I remember really enjoying it. It is a long, plotty story with Harry as a parent, and I especially liked the magical theory here.

Merlin

Mount Badon, by Betty. Gen. (ca. 3,380 words)
I really like the outsider POV here, showing Arthur and Merlin and a glimpse of how Arthur is building his kingdom.

Walking into Legend, by Lesserstorm. Slash and het, Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Lancelot. (ca. 11,700 words)
This combines established Arthurian Legend elements with the Merlin version, and I liked how their friendship got them all a happier ending than in the traditional version, yet in many ways their "public" cover story would fit with that.

Stargate: Atlantis

Eternity, by Kriadydragon. Het, John Sheppard/OFC. (ca. 29,350 words)
Atlantis as an exploration ship is just cool.

Beginnings, by Riva. Gen. (ca. 928 words)
This story is a bit older, and now this possible future is rather jossed by canon, but I always thought the Ori would have had great success in the Pegasus galaxy.

Panthalassa and its sequel Pangeneses, by Sapote3. Slash and het, Rodney McKay/Laura Cadman, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 14,500 words and 16,000 words)
This is kidfic with a twist, and especially in the sequel I liked to see the future of Pegasus after the Wraith and its struggles.

Salve regina, by Sarah T. John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. (ca. 6,495 words)
This has a bit of a creepy premise for the future, but I liked it.

Who's Left and Who's Leaving, by the_drifter. Gen. (ca. 9,500 words)
This story is a bit heart-wrenching, because the team leaves Atlantis behind, but I like all kinds of stories in which expedition members decide to stick with Pegasus and settle there.
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: a red cap
Media used: pencil, fine liner pen with waterproof indian ink, black tea, GIMP
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: Some time ago I drew a bowtruckle supposed to look like an excerpt from an old book about magical creatures from the HP universe. I wanted to do more in this style and did a poll which creature I ought to draw next. The red cap got two votes, all others either zero or one (it wasn't a popular poll, heh), so here it is. Admittedly my turn around time isn't exactly fast. I also have to give credit to [livejournal.com profile] amelia_eve for suggesting a title for this imaginary work, because I couldn't come up with anything, and she commented with several options in the bowtruckle post.

Preview: preview of a redcap plate
the image and a high resolution detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature is thinking: hmm...? (hmm...?)
I want to expand the bowtruckle drawing I posted a couple of days ago into a series, because I like drawing creatures, and I think it would be fun to have something like multiple plates from this imaginary old encyclopedia from the HP universe, especially ones with slightly more obscure bests that you don't see that often featured in fanart. But I'm undecided which beast to tackle next, hence this poll to help me decide:

[Poll #1193064]
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: a bowtruckle
Media used: pencil, fine liner pen with waterproof indian ink, black tea, GIMP
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: The drawing is finished, however I hope there'll be better text eventually that would make it seem more like an excerpt from an old book about magical creatures from the HP universe. For now I've just added some text labeling it like a plate in an encyclopedia would be, so you have to imagine the suitable text going with it. Its style is supposed to reminiscent of early encyclopedias, like Diderot's from the 18th century with copperplate engravings of observed plants and animals. My attempt at this isn't very convincing because this is the first time I've done a b/w picture in ink with crosshatching since I think 9th? grade when we learned the technique in school, but considering that it is not so bad. I may do more HP beasts in this style eventually as part of this imaginary book too, but I haven't decided which yet.

Preview: preview of a bowtruckle plate
the image and a high resolution detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature begs: Please? (please?)
It's for a little bit of text for a HP fanart I'm doing. You remember how in my previous entry I was looking for a piece of HP fanart I remember seeing, that was drawings of HP magical creatures, but faking to be excerpts from an old book about magical creatures from the HP universe? Anyway, I still haven't found that again, but I've decided to do my own version of this, because I like drawing monsters and think it would be cool, and the underlying concept is general enough that I don't think it would be perceived as copying someone else's idea if I did another version.

I've decided to go not for a medieval bestiary, but a later style of the time when there were fledgling natural sciences and the first real encyclopedias like Diderot's with plates of observed plants and animals, a more 18th century feel. The necessary style is quite a challenge for me, mostly because I really never draw in b/w ink with lots of crosshatching which is pretty much non-optional if I want it to look even remotely reminiscent of copperplate engraving. So I spent much of today trying to get used to crosshatching, but then again, I guess artistic challenges are good even if you fall on your face, it's not like you can improve without trying. So I'm not too worried about that, even though the end result probably will not look authentic, there will be b/w pictures of magical beasts at least.

However there is another problem, and that is the text. I guess I could do just illustration plate pages on their own, but I'd rather have a little bit of text beneath. My idea was to just change the small basic information texts from "Fantastic Beast & Where to Find Them" into a more old fashioned style and remove or change the concepts cropping up that would be anachronistic for the 18th century, e.g. mentions of allergies, but I have really no clue what style and words were common in the 18th century, much less 18th century English.

Thus I wanted to ask whether there would be anyone willing collaborate with me in this, and to edit a couple of these texts to transform them into something that could be from the 18th century. Or write different ones that would work as something from an 18th century work, I'm not picky. Based on the length of the entries in FB I'm thinking that the final page layout would be the illustration plate with the bit of text beneath because the typical text there is under 100 words, but if someone wanted to write longer 18th century style articles on magical beasts, I can also imagine posting this as a true fanart/fanfic collaboration, though I'd probably still only format the first bit of text in the art itself, and then we'd post the whole as actual text along with it or something, because I think longer texts formatted as graphics are not reader friendly.

The drawing I'm currently working on is the Bowtruckle, and I might do more if this one goes well, though I haven't decided which ones, and am open to suggestions.

So, does anyone want to help create excerpts from a 18th century reference work on magical beasts?
ratcreature: RatCreature begs: Please? (please?)
At least I'm fairly sure that I didn't just imagine its existence. It was drawings of HP magical creatures, but done in a style of an old bestiary, i.e. the art was faking to be excerpts from an old book about magical creatures from the HP universe. The art looked like old vintage prints and there might have been bits of text too, though I'm not sure about that. At first I suspected it might have been one of [livejournal.com profile] gnatkip's pieces, but I haven't found it there, so that doesn't seem to be the case.

Does anyone know which fanart I'm taking about? For all I know there could be several with this premise, as it seems a really obvious thing to do, and in that case I'd like to see any variations on this theme too, but mainly I want to look at the cool fake-bestiary again that I seem to remember... And if I somehow hallucinated this and it doesn't exist, why on earth not?? Really there should exist HP bestiaries with vintage pictures.

This is what happens if you don't tag compulsively, you never find things again. I really should start again to tag all art I look at, just like I do with fic.

Also, and this is a totally random topic shift, I got a tiny tomato plant yesterday. Not that I have a garden or anything, but I thought that maybe I could attempt to grow one in a largish flower pot in my kitchen, which is really sunny and there is a good spot for it near the window where it isn't in the way. I suspect that even with the large pot I choose to put it in it probably won't grow as well or as large as it would in a garden, but I thought it'd be nice to see something grow, and I'm not really a flower person. I mean, if it does lead to some fresh tomatoes that would be great, but it wouldn't be a big loss of an investment if it turned out that tomatoes really need an actual garden with real beds, after all it was only 60 cents for the plant, plus the 80 cent for the bamboo stick I also got with the optimistic anticipation that it might grow successfully and I'd have to bind it to something, like all the tomato plants I've seen in gardens are. I guess I'll see how it goes soon enough.
ratcreature: navel-gazing RatCreature (navel-gazing)
I'm not sure whether there's even any interest, because the painting itself got less comments than usual for my fanart posts, so I guess there will be ever fewer interested in the unfinished inbetween stages. But I already made the photographs after all, so I decided to go ahead with the art process post.

very image heavy )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt
Rating/warnings: PG? (sexual kissing, but no nudity)
Media used: pencil, fine liner pen with waterproof indian ink, acrylic paint, a tiny bit of white conté chalk
Notes: This took a ridiculously long time to color (bricks! how I hate them...um, moving on now *g*), but it's finally finished. It's this Snape/Shacklebolt scene in the alley from Beth's In From the Cold:
"Severus loosened his grip on Kingsley's shoulders and slid his hands down Kingsley's arms. He stopped when he reached the ends of Kingsley's sleeves, encircled Kingsley's strong-boned wrists with his fingers, then pulled Kingsley's arms up over his head. Severus transferred his hold of Kingsley's right wrist so that both of Kingsley's hands were pinned against the brick wall by one of his own, then Severus slowly lowered his other hand until it came to rest on the top of Kingsley's head.

Severus ghosted his long, sensitive fingers over Kingsley's scalp, surprised by each tiny bump and dip in what seemed perfectly smooth from a distance. He slid his hand down along the side of Kingsley's head, and he could feel Kingsley lean into his palm while Severus traced along the edge of Kingsley's ear with his thumb, clicking his thumbnail softly against the small silver hoop that hung from the lobe. Severus leaned in and took the earring in his mouth, turning the hoop slowly with his tongue."


Preview: preview of a Snape/Shacklebolt alley scene

the illustration and a larger detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Snape (snape)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt
Rating/warnings: PG? (sexual kissing, but no nudity)
Media used: only pencil so far
Notes: I've already illustrated the epilogue of this story a while back, but always wanted to draw this Snape/Shacklebolt scene in the alley. Now, with barely two years delay, I got around to it. The relevant bit from Beth's In From the Cold is:
"Severus loosened his grip on Kingsley's shoulders and slid his hands down Kingsley's arms. He stopped when he reached the ends of Kingsley's sleeves, encircled Kingsley's strong-boned wrists with his fingers, then pulled Kingsley's arms up over his head. Severus transferred his hold of Kingsley's right wrist so that both of Kingsley's hands were pinned against the brick wall by one of his own, then Severus slowly lowered his other hand until it came to rest on the top of Kingsley's head.

Severus ghosted his long, sensitive fingers over Kingsley's scalp, surprised by each tiny bump and dip in what seemed perfectly smooth from a distance. He slid his hand down along the side of Kingsley's head, and he could feel Kingsley lean into his palm while Severus traced along the edge of Kingsley's ear with his thumb, clicking his thumbnail softly against the small silver hoop that hung from the lobe. Severus leaned in and took the earring in his mouth, turning the hoop slowly with his tongue."


If anyone from newsletters or otherwise interested in linking should stumble upon this entry, I'd prefer it if only the finished version, which I'll hopefully post soonish, was advertised more widely, not these unfinished pencils.

Preview: preview of the pencils for a Snape/Shacklebolt alley scene

pencils and a larger detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature sleeps. (sleeping)
I had a rather neat Harry Potter/The Sarah Connor Chronicles dream. Unfortunately I didn't write it down right after waking up, so I've already forgotten the plot, but it was full of action-adventure stuff. I think, iirc, the main premise was somehow that the SkyNet and Terminator machines were initially built to take care of the wizard war problems and fallout by the muggles for their protection against magic, perhaps even through time travel, only of course that backfired somehow (don't ask me how the HP and Terminator timelines were made to match up, it just worked in my dream!), and now John Connor had to fight both the Terminators and evil wizards or something. I think he and his mom may have hooked up with Harry & Co. at some point, but I'm not sure anymore of the details. Still it was a pretty cool dream. And of course there'd be great potential for our teenage heroes who are expected to save the world to commiserate in this setup, but my dream wasn't heavy on the teenage savior angst.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Harry Potter in a Quidditch uniform. (hp)
So, like many other people I spent much of today (well technically yesterday) reading the new Harry Potter book.

spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows )
ratcreature: RatCreature as zombie. (zombie)
First, the whole Harry Potter thing is making me jittery. I haven't sought out the leaked copy because I'm not about to slog through hundreds of pages as crappy photographs, that's just unpleasant for reading. Not to mention that I don't really reread the HP books, so I'd rather read it the one time as proper book. But it is hard to keep away, knowing other fans have already read the book and are talking about it, even though my f-list is good with not spoiling me so far. (*insert the obligatory dire threats here*).

I will only get my copy on Saturday and I'm not the fastest reader, so at the earliest I'm going to talk about Deathly Hollows on Sunday if at all, and then I will of course use cut-tags and be very careful not to mess them up accidentally.

But until then I definitely need to distract myself with fandoms besides HP-- those still exist after all, even if half of my f-list apparently decided to avoid LJ and sometimes the internet entirely to be on the safe side. Anyway, thus I'm going to talk some more about Batman comics, in particular:

Year One: Batman/Ra's al Ghul #1-2 (written by Devin Grayson, pencils by Paul Gulacy, inks by Jimmy Palmiotti)

One of my main reasons to buy these (besides being a general sucker for all Batman comics DC publishes) was actually that I found the three color covers (black, white, and red) really attractive. I like the interior art okay too, but not as much as the covers (take a look at cover #1 and cover #2). If only the story had lived up to the packaging...

For the sake of my sanity I didn't even try to figure out why this is published as "Year One". I don't think this is supposed to fit in Batman's "Year One" or even just his early career, but rather after Batman: Death and the Maidens? But I don't have Ra's al Ghul's backstory that present. Maybe it is because of some flashbacks in the comic, and those could be made to work somehow in his first year.

First, while the basic idea that the Lazarus Pits affect death and life's balance in general was neat (even if what exactly their connection is was never really explained in any remotely consistent or logical way), the plot built around this was too thin for 96 pages. On the bright side, it had zombies, which is always a plus, but I can't say I enjoyed much else.

And even the zombies weren't particularly great specimens. Okay, so destroying the Lazarus Pits somehow stopped and even reversed death, thus the zombie problem, but I didn't really get why that particular horde of disgruntled undead was after Batman.

The action sequences were plain confusing sometimes, like when Batman was running from the zombies I had no idea how he suddenly got into the Batmobile again after, or if that even was still the vehicle he started out in earlier that night, which was definitely a car not some sort of glider. Yet later his vehicle could suddenly fly. Traditionally the car can't, right? So maybe what he used then wasn't the car, but some magically appearing Bat-Glider or whatever that was supposed to be, that we don't even see him remote call as far as I could tell. Maybe the Batmobile car transformed into a glider.

I also didn't understand what happened to the zombies he lured into that supermarket, did he lock them up there somehow? I couldn't tell, later it seemed he did lock them up, leaving them to rampage there, but why didn't they smash the glass?

Other times the action was just boring. You can tell that a comic has too little plot if it shows a frelling snowmobile chase over eight(!!) pages. Eight. I like certain kinds of action in comics, but snowmobile chases just don't come across that well in this medium. Certainly not if they last eight of the 48 pages in an issue and that on top of other chase scenes. And in a fairly pointless flashback at that.

Anyway while we get zombies, we don't really get to see Batman fight them for plain zombie fun, he flies flies around the globe interspersed with boring Ra's al Ghul flashbacks about some magical peach, and then Batman happens to find a monk chanting the Lazarus Pit formula, yet Ra's al Ghul followers were too stupid to figure that out... The whole thing made no sense to me.
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
I'm slowly working through my backlog and updated my AU recs page with the following recs:

Harry Potter

Dudley Dursley and the Hogwarts Letter, by [livejournal.com profile] kindkit. Gen, Dudley Dursley, Lily Potter, Harry Potter, James Potter. (ca. 1,940 words.)
This story gives a brief but interesting look at who Dudley might have become had the Dursleys died in a car crash and the Potters survived.

No Way Back, by [livejournal.com profile] meri_oddities. Slash, Snape/Harry. (ca. 77,780 words)
It has the same premise as Midnight Blue's Mirror of Maybe, i.e. that Harry gets sent through a magical mirror, gaining experience during an alternate life before coming back, but deals with it differently.

Stargate: Atlantis

Cycle and Circuit, by Alloy. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 8,500 words)
It's rare for me to read crossovers or fusions without knowing both sources, but this fusion putting John and Rodney into the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender, pulled me in quickly and made the Avatar universe become alive and seem very vivid and fascinating even though I've never watched Avatar: The Last Airbender. I really liked the atmosphere, and the descriptions, and how John and Rodney were fit into this fantasy universe and its mythology.

Come Back Later, by [livejournal.com profile] cottontail. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 8,800 words)
It's an alternative ending for Tao of Rodney.

The Wrong Side of the Tracks, by [livejournal.com profile] gaiaanarchy. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 15,200 words)
This story adapts the Disney movie plot "Lady and the Tramp" into a post-apocalyptic SGA futurefic, and I really don't want to spoil the fabulous twists and character mappings that make the two fit together. It shouldn't work so well, but surprisingly it does.

Six crooked highways, by [livejournal.com profile] harriet_spy. Het, John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. (ca. 2,000 words)
In this AU after Conversion John retained some Wraith-like characteristicsand left Atlantis.

Before & After, by [livejournal.com profile] helena_eternal. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Radek Zelenka. (ca. 3,610 words)
It's a Conversion AU told from Radek's POV in which John's change didn't reverse fully.

King of Wishful Thinking, by [livejournal.com profile] margarks. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 19,890 words)
It's a fusion with the movie Pretty Woman, with John Sheppard as the hooker. I have a soft spot for that trope/movie, so this was a fun and happy making story for me.

The New Mutants, by [livejournal.com profile] mz_bstone. Gen (so far), Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill. WIP
It's a fusion with the X-Men. The government experiments on humans with the ATA gene and they develop superpowers. SG-1 and SGA characters run a kind of resistance that rescues people. It's not that far along yet, but the worldbuilding has me hooked already.

Converging, by [livejournal.com profile] purna. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 27,000 words)
It's starts out with John as a lifeguard rescuing Rodney, but this isn't an AU just transplanting the characters into different professions, but branchess off from SGA canon pre-series as becomes clear during the story.

Truth, Justice and Rodney McKay (ca. 6,800 words), and its sequels Instinct (ca. 650 words) and Inheritances (ca. 1,500 words), by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay.
It's a fusion with Superman. John is an Alteran not a Kryptonian, but has Superman's powers, and Rodney is cast as Lois Lane.

The Last Hail Mary You'll Ever Need, by [livejournal.com profile] sly_bone. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Ronon Dex. (ca. 9,000 words)
This is a fun AU in which John Sheppard and Ronon Dex are space pirates and kidnap Rodney McKay. I really liked that here was some backstory given how Sheppard could have ended up as a space pirate while branching off from the SG universe rather than just transplanting him. I missed Teyla in this AU, though.

Supernatural

And Everything Nice, by Lyra Wing. Gen, Sam, Dean, OC. (ca. 6,550 words)
I didn't really expect to enjoy an AU in which Sam and Dean have a sister who grows up with them, but gave it a try because I usually trust this author to be entertaining, and this AU really pulled me in, was a great read and I liked the original character.

Gimme Shelter (ca. 7,940 words) and its sequel Paint It Black (ca. 1,330 words), by [livejournal.com profile] nilchance. Gen, Sam, Dean, John, Bobby, Missouri. The individual stories are finished, but the universe is still a WIP.
This is a rather bleak AU scenario that explores what might have happened had Mike Gunther called Child Protective Services.

Clay And Paste And Down, by [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess. Het, Sam/Jess, John/Mary. (ca. 3,500 words)
It's wingfic, but handles it in a somewhat unusual way, i.e. in this AU Dean was born with wings.
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
In an attempt to update my recs page while I still actually remember the stories clearly, I've added just two HP and two SGA recs. Also I figured I could post the new recs directly to my LJ as well, for anybody who doesn't want to scroll around my by now longish recs page (unless you think that's redundant?).

Harry Potter
Sorted Differently, by Mags ([livejournal.com profile] magistera). Gen, Harry.
This is a short humor ficlet that shows three ways the sorting could have been different. Not that the first years are sorted into houses different from canon, it's that it's not a hat doing the sorting.

If You've A Ready Mind (unfortunately the following parts aren't linked from the first, so here's links to part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10), by Maya ([livejournal.com profile] mistful). Slash, Harry/Draco, Draco/Terry, also het, Draco/Cho.
Draco is sorted into Ravenclaw in this AU. It is from Draco's POV and very funny in places, though as with the books things get darker as time progresses. Still overall the story is on the lighthearted side and made me laugh frequently.

Stargate: Atlantis

Biggest Ever Sky, by [livejournal.com profile] jchalo and [livejournal.com profile] lilysaid. Slash and het, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Carson Beckett/Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan/Sora, and Teyla Emmagan/Aiden Ford.
This is a great circus AU. The way it transfers the characters into a circus universe really works, but what I liked best was how the atmosphere of the story somehow captured the essence of circus, that is dreamlike and fantastical moments emerge out of an almost gritty down to earth reality and both seamlessly mix.

Left to Fend (ca. 6,800 words), by [livejournal.com profile] springwoof and its sequel The Body Holographic (ca. 68,100 words) by Leah and [livejournal.com profile] springwoof. Gen, the sequel is slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay.
I guess you could see this as futurefic, rather than as an AU, but considering that the story takes things into a direction that the show itself is extremely unlikely to ever go, I think it's justifiable to rec it as an AU. This Atlantis has lost contact with Earth again (after the Daedalus reestablished it) for about eleven years, because of trouble the SGC had with aliens, presumably the Ori, in the Milky Way, the Stargate becoming public and the resulting political upheaval. Eventually Earth manages to send a ship again, though we get hints (from changes in organization names and the crew on board and such, that the power structure on earth has changed even though Earth managed to survive the conflict still in human control). Meanwhile Atlantis flourished in its way, but not without costs and things are shockingly different for the contingent from Earth who came to recall the expedition. After reading the first story I was curious about how they could have gotten to this point, but I don't think it would have really worked on its own for me, because there wasn't enough of an explanation. However the sequel expands on that beautifully and gives plenty of background and motivation, including fascinating alien cultures from Pegasus who became Atlantis' allies and how they eventually merge together into something new. It's somewhat non-linear, which I often don't care for much, but fairly clear and easy to follow, and it works to make the threads reveal themselves and come together to great effect.
ratcreature: RatCreature is thinking: hmm...? (hmm...?)
I've been curious how common it is that fandom makes us come to like characters we initially didn't really care for just based on the source.

I don't become involved in a fandom, and in particular with reading fanfic, before I have seen or read a lot of the source (usually all that is available for book and tv series, though comics canon is usually too vast for that). Mostly because I want to form my own impressions first, and only then I start looking for fanfic and discussions, though noticing that a fandom is popular on my f-list and among authors I like will certainly make me more likely to check it out. And quite often there's characters I don't like much initially, but fandom changes my mind, though my favorite character usually doesn't shift. I think it's because I know that I'm influenced fairly easily that it's important to me to at least start from the source on my own.

A good example for what I mean is Draco in HP. After reading the first five books I didn't care for Draco at all, that is I didn't just find him obnoxious but also rather uninteresting. In HBP Draco seemed less flat to me (and I don't think that was all because when reading HBP I've already been in HP fandom for some time), but it was mostly through contact with tons of Draco fans and fanfic that I started to see potential in Draco, though he still isn't one of my favorites. In a similar vein fandom made me actually like Snape, which I really didn't in the books, though unlike Draco I at least never found him boring. But after copious exposure to Snape fans he's actually become my second favorite character, unlikely as that seems. I certainly wouldn't have thought that possible after just the books. (I still haven't seen the HP movies, so apart from seeing some screencaps, those don't factor into my view of HP at all.)

Another example is Rodney McKay in SGA. I mean, during my marathon watching of SGA season one Rodney already slowly grew on me on his own merits, and I found him less aggravating as time went on, so it wasn't all fandom, but it wasn't until I got involved in SGA fandom, of which a huge percentage seems to have a massive crush on Rodney, that I started to really like the character.

So do you have any examples of fandom making you turn around in your views of a character and like someone whom you didn't care for in the source?
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Ginny Weasley
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil drawing, colored in GIMP
Warnings: None
Notes: When I asked for character/emotion prompts to practice expressions, [livejournal.com profile] dragovianknight asked for "Ginny Weasley, shocked." The irises aren't quite equal in size, which obviously looks weird, but by the time I actually noticed that, I was at a stage in the coloring already where I would have had to redo a lot of stuff *headdesk*, so considering that this is more a sketch than an elaborate drawing I decided to be lazy and just live with it. Also, I've never drawn Ginny, but I still hope it looks both like her and shocked, and fits what you wanted to see, [livejournal.com profile] dragovianknight. As usual, all comments are welcome.

Ginny Weasley, shocked, about 42k )
ratcreature: WTF!? (WTF!?)
I've known for a while about [livejournal.com profile] dierondie but I'd always thought this kind of community was a weird HP thing. I mean after years in HP fandom I still don't get what all those "elite" and "sorting" and "elite sorting" communities or whatever are for, and what their point is, so I never really wonder anymore about strange HP fandom phenomena.

But now I've seen [livejournal.com profile] kill_dr_weir appearing in the [livejournal.com profile] sga_newsletter in SGA. And my first reaction to the community name was "WTF? SGA has them too?!?" Then I looked at its info, and from the community description it doesn't seem to be exactly the same thing, since the SGA one is "just" for fiction killing Elizabeth and less overtly about outright character hate, but still. Unlike with Ron, whom I really like, I'm somewhat indifferent to Elizabeth, yet I really don't get what's the fun with character hate.

On a total random note, I had a really nice SGA/Supernatural crossover dream last night featuring Sam, Dean and Zelenka, that is Sam and Dean were hunting something and Zelenka was a more or less clueless civilian they had to work around. I think it was set at some college somewhere. Anyway, I don't remember details anymore, but it was very cute.
ratcreature: RatCreature is thinking: hmm...? (hmm...?)
Like, does Draco/Dementor count as slash? gen? het? See, I'm still tagging LJ art I come across for the LJ art link list, and you can't see the Dementor's private parts in the picture in question (whatever those may be--not that I particularly want to see Dementor genitalia). I went with slash in the end, but once again these categories show their drawbacks.

On another labelling issue: What is it with SGA RPS being simply categorized as SGA on rec and fiction pages and such? A couple of times now I've looked at SGA recs and the RPS was mixed among the SGA FPS as if it was the same fandom. I commented before that for me as a strict FPS fan it's inconvenient and counterintuitive when communities just mix the two categories like that there's plenty of SW fiction on [livejournal.com profile] ewan_hayden, even though I realize that it is convenient for people interested in both the actors and their shows/movies to combine the too when creating a forum, but on a recs or fiction site that has separate fandom sections I find it just wrong somehow that SGA and SGA RPS are put in the same section and that then is just labelled SGA not even "SGA & SGA RPS" or something.

Am I the only one who's so anal about such labels to be bugged by this? Also, I'm wondering whether this is like a growing trend in fandom, that the RPS and FPS for a group of actors are coming to be considered as the same fandom?
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I've finally finished the picture, but I'm not sure whether I really like the final color filter I applied. I put a soft light gradient layer over the whole thing, to make it warmer and a bit more radiant to give it more of a warm summer feel, but I'm not sure it worked. So after waffling back and forth for a while, I decided to post both versions, and let [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth decide which one she likes better, which then will count as the final version. Voila, decision dumped onto someone else.... >;)


Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Severus Snape
Rating: G
Media used: pencil drawing, cleaned up and colored in GIMP
Warnings: None
Notes/comments: It's an illustration for the epilogue of [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth's Snape/Kingsley story In From the Cold. Belatedly I noticed that I actually misread the sentence and it was Kingsley wearing that parrot shirt... *facepalm* Well, I really like the idea of Snape in that outfit anyway. maybe they sometimes share clothes, or something?

Also I'm aware both shadows and perspective don't hold up if you check them for their proper technical construction, I just hope it's not too cringeworthy for the casual viewer.

two fairly large pictures, each about 175K, the only difference being the final lightening filter... )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
So, I've decided that I'm too lazy to start the drawing I mentioned yesterday all over again, and that I'm not embarrassed enough by its problems to not post the result of a few hours work (yeah, I know, it's kind of pathetic how long it takes me to produce one measly sketch). And anyway, maybe it'll be less noticeable once it's colored...

Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Severus Snape
Rating: G
Media used: pencil drawing (still to be cleaned up and colored)
Warnings: None
Notes/comments: Still a WIP, just pencils for now. It's an illustration for the epilogue of [livejournal.com profile] betbethbeth's Snape/Kingsley story In From the Cold (which you should all read, it's really great and not at all crackfic as you might fear from the fact that my illustration shows Snape in the Caribbean, wearing a shirt with parrots...).

largish pencil sketch, 144K )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Title: Platypus!Harry
Characters: Harry (in platypus form)
Rating: G
Media used: pencil drawing, colored in GIMP
Challenge: Nimori's Animagus Challenge
Warnings: None.
Notes/comments: You can also look at the original pencil sketch.
Platypus!Harry, ca. 116K )

Title: Platypus!Harry fighting Voldemort
Characters: Harry (in platypus form), Voldemort
Rating: G
Media used: pencil drawing, inked and colored in GIMP
Challenge: Nimori's Animagus Challenge
Warnings: None.
Notes/comments: The scenario I imagined for this one was something along the lines that Harry got captured, lost his wand and now makes a desperate attempt to escape by surprising Voldie with his animagus form and tries to incapacitate him with the venom to get away, that's why he's trying to kick him... You can also look at the original pencil sketch.
Platypus!Harry fighting Voldemort, ca. 77K )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Harry Potter in a Quidditch uniform. (hp)
The animagus challenge is turning out to be fun, I now have two rough sketches, one of plain Platypus!Harry, and one with fierce action-platypus fighting Voldemort. (He is sort of trying to kick him with the hind leg, I guess the scenario would be something like he got captured, lost his wand and now makes a desperate attempt to escape by surprising Voldie with his animagus form and its venomous ankle spurs or some something... *g*) Of course I still have scan them, clean them up and color t least as long if not longer than the first sketch. I am totally in awe of those people who can draw something right into artpad and it looks good.
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
I haven't updated my recs in a long time, however the task to convert the rec folder in my bookmarks to actual recs is getting more and more daunting as time goes on. Since I'm actually somewhat attached to my AU recs page despite all of that, I decided that manageable baby steps are the only way to go, so for now I have fixed the broken links in the existing recs -- at least those a link checking utility showed (linkrot sucks!) -- and added a tiny number of new recs, seven in total, three Batverse, two HP, and two SW. Seven down and not quite ten times as many to go... Well, at least it's a little bit of progress.

I also signed up for a fandom challenge for the very first time. I committed to draw Harry as a platypus animagus for Nimori's Animagus Challenge. When I saw a platypus on the list I just couldn't resist, because while these don't look that vicious they actually have venom and according to the wikipedia: "The male platypus has venomous ankle spurs, used in vicious territorial battles and fights over mates. The poison is not normally lethal to humans but produces excruciating pain and swelling that lasts for several months. The pain is so excruciating that the victim is rendered almost helpless." So while it looks silly it still would be a useful form for him to fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters with what sounds like Cruciatus venom. Besides, since apparently that venom also is only produced during the mating season , the opportunities for crackfic scenarios for Platypus!Harry would be endless too: I mean, obviously it's vital that his animagus form has its best weapon available, and since humans at least don't have fixed mating seasons Harry could have to have sex for The Cause... BTW, last time I looked platypus was still open to claim for fic. *g*

I also found this cool explanation in [livejournal.com profile] lj_style how one can turn the simple tag list into a tag cloud with different font sizes depending on how frequently a tag is used. I tried this so now the view of my tags displays as a cloud, not a list. (works only for paid LJs)

Finally, I looked at a ton of Batgirl interpretations because of the recent Batgirl meme. (There's a list in this entry. It's over three hundred by now.)

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